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Ann E. Williams

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., University of Michigan


Political Communication, Media & Technology, Public Opinion


Ann Williams (PhD, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. Her research documents the political, social, economic, and environmental implications of public engagement with media. Her work appears in peer-reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, The Newspaper Research Journal, The Journal of Communication, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Politics and the Life Sciences, Communication Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, among others. She also serves on the editorial board for Communication Studies.

Dr. Williams advises dissertation and thesis research in a variety of areas and is currently welcoming new advisees.


Metaphor, Media, and the Market (2013). International Journal of Communication, 7, 1404-1407.

News of Corporate Failure: Evaluating the Relationship between Individual Assessments and Market Investments (2013). Communication Quarterly, 61(1), 59-71.

Trust or Bust?: Questioning the Relationship between Media Trust and News Attention. (2012). Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 56(1), 116-131.

Media Evolution and Public Understanding of Climate Science (2011). Politics and the Life Sciences, 30(2), 20-30.

Use of Unnamed Sources Drops from Peaks in the 1960s and 1970s (2011), with Matt Duffy. The Newspaper Research Journal, 34(4), 6-21.

Who’s to Blame when a Business Fails? How Journalistic Death Metaphors Influence Responsibility Attributions (2011), with Roei Davidson and Emily Chivers Yochim. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(3), 541-561.

Possibilities and Perils of Voting in an Electronic Age. (November 2010). In Media Res. Media Commons Project.

Stratification and Global Elite Theory: A Cross-Cultural and Longitudinal Analysis of Public Opinion (2009), with Roei Davidson and Nat Poor. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 21(2), 165-186.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Communication Research (2008), with Russ Neuman, Roei Davidson, Sung-

Hee Joo, and Yong Jin Park. Journal of Communication, 58(2), 220-237.

Talking Politics and Engaging Politics: An Examination of The Interactive Relationships Between Structural Features of Political Talk and Discussion Engagement (2005), with Nojin Kwak, Xiarou Wang, and Hoon Lee. Communication Research, 32, 87-111.

To Broadband or Not to Broadband: The Impact of High-speed Internet on Knowledge and Civic Participation (2004), with Nojin Kwak, Marko Skoric, and Nat Poor. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 48, 421-445.